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November 6, 2012  11:10 PM

Top considerations when performing an EHR and billing conversion

Posted by: RedaChouffani
Conversion, EHR, PM

In recent years, a number of health organizations have engaged in implementing a new EHR patient scheduling system, or a patient billing and registration system. However, many faced the daunting task of identifying how staff would be able to operate in a new system when much of the data will most...

October 23, 2012  6:28 AM

Massachusetts statewide HIE connects hospitals and providers

Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACOs, EHR, HIE, HIway, state

The Massachusetts statewide health information exchange (HIE) began the transfer of summary health records on October 16th, 2012 with Governor Deval Patrick's health record the first official XML file to be exchanged. This marks the first step for Massachusetts to enable local hospitals,...

October 23, 2012  6:25 AM

Five important areas for EHR success in the tablet world

Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, iPad, mHealth apps, surface, tablets

Tablets are continuing to significantly impact the sales of traditional PCs. There are several needs that must be fulfilled on the application side before there will be a wider adoption of tablets by health care professionals. Software vendors will need to ensure that their products are capable of...

October 15, 2012  11:40 PM

New open source web-based EHR with modern UI and advanced functionality

Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, Open Source

Open Source applications are continuing to gain popularity in the health care market. Some products have gained users including OpenMRS, Mirth, VistA EHR, Connect, and ClearCanvas. Unfortunately there has not been wide adoption from independent physician’s practices of many of these products,...

October 15, 2012  11:18 PM

The convenience of quick visits at retail clinics

Posted by: RedaChouffani

Health care seems to be one of the few areas that we may not have quick service turnaround, in a time when we expect immediate service. I experienced one of those inconveniences this week during a family trip. My wife and I found ourselves away from our pediatrician when our youngest came down...

October 1, 2012  9:28 PM

Can EHR vendors learn anything from game developers?

Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, games, Luminosity, RFID

Many startups are looking for creative ways to attract users and entice them to share more about their whereabouts and likes and dislikes. This is due to the widespread adoption of smart devices, and the need for companies to find creative ways to increase app adoption. Many of the newer apps have...

June 25, 2012  9:05 PM

Who are the next big data players and what data can they leverage

Posted by: RedaChouffani
BIG DATA, EHR, Electronic health records, Patient health information, Patient health record, PHI, PHR

Almost everyone in the tech world has now been exposed to the term big data.  This is one of the most significant growth areas standing to make a real impact in the health care landscape, a technology trend making good use of existing patient and health data collected within...

June 4, 2012  9:32 PM

What to expect from Big Data in healthcare

Posted by: RedaChouffani

There has been a lot of talk about Big Data and Business Intelligence applications in the healthcare. Big data is one of the biggest trends, and as with any other technology, if it provides opportunity to improve care then it is worth looking into.  There are numerous examples and...

March 4, 2012  11:22 PM

Speech recognition and CLU are changing EHR interactions

Posted by: RedaChouffani
CLU, dictation, EHR, m-module, NLP, NLU, nuance

During the HIMSS conference this year, I had the chance to visit the booths of two voice recognition providers. I was very interested in seeing the progress and innovations that these vendors continue to bring to the health care market. As I continue to receive questions and...

January 22, 2012  11:26 PM

EHR-Lite through HIEs: The new EHR alternative?

Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, EHR certification, EHR-Lite, Health Information Exchanges, HIE, HIEs, Meaningful use

As providers continue to connect and use HIEs (Health Information Exchanges), several other non-EHR/HIE users are beginning to see the value that it can provide if they, too, become paperless and get connected. Because of this, some of these caregivers are turning to the new EHR alternative being...

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